Guides and instructions

Information to help develop software that uses a virtual tax file number (TFN) declaration completed electronically by a payee and transfers that data to the ATO online.
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Under the JobKeeper Payment, businesses and not-for-profit entities significantly impacted by the Coronavirus outbreak will be able to access a wage subsidy from the Government to continue paying their employees.
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This paper provides a consolidation of responses provided to Digital Service Providers (DSPs) about the implementation of changes due to the retirement of AUSkey. AUSkey retired on 27 March 2020.
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This is a controlled information resource, made available only to software developers for the sole purpose of assisting in the development of tax-related software (both commercial and in-house).
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Schedules and other documentation for eCommerce are provided below. Digital service providers should take care to note the currency dates of documents.
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On Friday 27 March 2020, AUSkey will retire and be replaced by myGovID and Relationship Authorisation Manager (RAM). MyGovID and RAM are the new authentication and authorisation services required to access government online services on behalf of a business.
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The Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) was released on 16 December 2020. A summary of the measures affecting digital service providers is provided on this page for use in developing software.
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On 1 January each year, Services Australia Protected Earnings Amount (PEA) is adjusted to allow for increases in the cost of living. The PEA is a set minimum amount that must be left after tax and child support is deducted from a person's wage.
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The tax file number (TFN) algorithm is a mathematical formula that tests the validity of numbers quoted as TFNs. Its use in software is recommended as it will minimise TFN errors and may subsequently reduce the need for contact between your organisation or your clients and the ATO.
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